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House Balks at Payroll Tax Deal

On The Radar

House Speaker John Boehner flatly ruled out approval of a Senate agreement to temporarily extend the payroll tax cut through February, leaving uncertain both the tax cut and other year-end business as Congress struggled to finish its work for 2011. Mr. Boehner said Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press" that a two-month extension was a sign of congressional dysfunction. "How can you do tax policy for two months?" Mr. Boehner said. "We really do believe it's time for the Senate to work with the House to complete our business for the year.

On the Radar: September 23, 2011

Legacy: On The Radar

House Republicans Regrouping on CR, Pondering Two Options
By Susan Davis and Major Garrett, National Journal
House Republicans will meet on Thursday afternoon to discuss their options to move forward on a short-term bill to fund the federal government that their party failed to pass a day earlier. Read more

Boehner Reckons With GOP Revolt
By Naftali Bendavid and Janet Hook, Wall Street Journal
House Speaker John Boehner took power in January promising a freewheeling and open style, rejecting the iron-fisted tactics used by earlier speakers. The embarrassing defeat of a routine spending bill this week that must be passed to avoid a government shutdown brought home the cost of his approach. Read more

Analysis: Perry, Romney defend records in forum
By Charles Babington, Associated Press
Rick Perry and Mitt Romney struggled with a simple reality in the latest GOP debate: Americans elect only experienced politicians as president, and Republicans nominate only proven conservatives. Read More

Pity the 'Super Committee'
By Doyle McManus, Los Angles Times
Pity the poor "super committee." Congress' special task force on the deficit already had a mission that looked nearly impossible: producing a plan to reduce the federal government's fiscal gap by $1.2 trillion over 10 years. And then the job got harder. Read more

The Trojan Horse?
By Yochi Dreazen, National Journal
Tens of thousands of followers of influential Shiite cleric Moktada al-Sadr flooded the streets of Baghdad, Najaf, and Basra last week for some of the largest public rallies in several years. At one point, they might have been demonstrating—even fighting—against the United States as part of the Sadr-led uprising that made the young man’s name. But these protests weren’t about the U.S. presence. Instead, they focused on a different target: the government of Iraq itself. Read more

Rick Perry, Mitt Romney spar in Republican presidental debate
By Dan Balz and Perry Bacon Jr., Washington Post
Texas Gov. Rick Perry and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney tangled over Social Security, health care and other issues here Thursday in a debate in which the Republican presidential candidates sharply criticized the policies of President Obama and joined in an assault on the federal government. Read more

Rick Rolled
By John Dickerson, Slate
The Republican presidential debate in Orlando was sponsored by Google, but it was Gov. Rick Perry who was searching. The frontrunner's answers meandered. When fielding a hypothetical question about terrorists getting nukes in Pakistan, his response ribboned out like he was reading the first search results to come up. Even when he read his attack lines on rival Mitt Romney from the notes on his lectern, it was muddy. This was Perry's third debate this campaign; with each successive one, his performance gets worse. Read more

Perry and Romney Come Out Swinging at Each Other in G.O.P. Debate
By Jim Rutenberg and Jeff Zeleny, The New York Times
In their third debate in as many weeks, former Gov. Mitt Romney of Massachusetts and Gov. Rick Perry of Texas engaged in a sometimes heated back and forth over immigration, health care and entitlements, their rivalry dominating a stage that included seven other candidates struggling to catch up in the race for the Republican presidential nomination. Read more

Advantage, Romney?
By Beth Reinhard, National Journal
More pivotal to the outcome of the GOP presidential race than Rick Perry’s position on Social Security or Mitt Romney’s record on health care reform may be a procedural matter imperceptible to most voters—the 2012 primary calendar. Read more

Mullen: Pakistan’s Spy Agency Supported Attacks on Americans
By Martha Raddatz, ABC News
Before today, never has a U.S. official so bluntly and publicly linked the government of Pakistan to attacks on American troops in Afghanistan. Today on the Hill, Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen said Pakistan’s intelligence agency Inter-Services Intelligence Agency [ISI] supported a group of terrorists who carried out two recent attacks on U.S. targets in Afghanistan, becoming the first U.S. official to so directly accuse Pakistan of supporting terrorism against the U.S. Read more

Three Leaders and the Third Rail of Foreign Affairs
By James Kitfield, National Journal
There are reasons why the Israeli-Palestinian conflict remains among the most enduring in international affairs, and many of them were on display this week as world leaders gathered at the United Nations to contemplate a vote on Palestinian statehood. The three key players arrived in New York already boxed in by their personal histories of distrust, and by powerful domestic constituencies. Read more

 

On the Radar: September 1, 2011

Legacy: On The Radar

On the Radar: July 25, 2011

Legacy: On The Radar

Eating One’s Peas and Other Dilemmas

Gwen's Take

It’s a conundrum. We in the news business are constantly justifying to ourselves why we cover the stories we cover, and why you should care.

It is the second part of that formula that confounds news decision makers on a daily basis. Because if you don’t care, you don’t watch. And we kind of like it when you watch.

On the Radar: July 21, 2011

Legacy: On The Radar

On the Radar: July 11, 2011

Legacy: On The Radar

The View from Aspen

Gwen's Take

ASPEN --Since we established in this space that I am a professional skeptic, I arrived at the Aspen Ideas Festival -- a kind of Rocky Mountain think-fest -- prepared for a pretty dreary recounting of where the nation stands right now.

The Skeptics vs the Cynics: And when it’s tough to make the distinction

Gwen's Take

I am a great champion of the notion that it helps to be skeptical, but hurts to be cynical. But weeks like this one make it tough to distinguish between the two.

Because I strive to maintain my balance, I toss these examples over to you, dear readers:

BREAKING: Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.) walks out of Vice President Biden’s budget talks.

“We've reached the point where the dynamic needs to change," Mr. Cantor said. "It is up to the president to come in and talk to the speaker.”

Under the Big Top- Part II: Enough about me. What do you think?

Gwen's Take

I promised myself not to have anything more to say about the Anthony Weiner circus. Then I remembered what I promised at the end of last week’s blog – to hear you out.

So here is a selection of some of your responses to the seedy scandal that transfixed Washington and cheered professional and amateur comics.

In reading them, I was reminded how smart and reasoned our viewers are. Even on a story that has been covered as obsessively as this one, they added something new to the conversation.